The purpose of a mission statement is to intently focus all the efforts of an organization on one objective or goal. Strong mission statements inspire and mobilize people into action. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy set the national goal and mission of  “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” NASA worked tirelessly to figure out how to accomplish such a huge and inspiring goal. In many ways, this embodied the motivation of the nation until it was accomplished in 1969. Similarly, a strong mission statement helps when organizations need to make tough decisions, like what events or activities they should be focusing on. In those times, their leaders can ask the question, “Does this get us closer
to achieving our mission and goal?”

Over the past few months, our staff has been brainstorming and praying about what our mission here at St. Francis really is. What is the most important thing that we are trying to accomplish? Why do we even exist as a parish? What is our place in God’s plan for Grapevine and Fort Worth, Texas?

We’ve looked at Church teaching, the teaching of Jesus in the Scriptures, and Church documents on evangelization like Evangelii Nuntiandi and Evangelii Gaudium and have come up with our new mission. Ultimately, our goal is that every person within our parish boundaries would be Catholic, live holy lives, and make it to heaven. But what is our mission for achieving that? How are we trying to accomplish that?

Our mission is summarized in this statement:

We are building a Church of missionary disciples by preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and reaching the poor.

This is the mission of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Grapevine, TX. This mission goes beyond the goals of every Catholic Church and the Christian community, but it is a testament to our distinct charisms and strengths as a parish. St. Francis of Assisi, our patron, was specifically concerned with preaching the Gospel and reaching the poor. And in this way, St. Francis imitated Christ.

We need your support and prayers as we continue to pray through God’s calling for our parish. We are so excited for the work God has in store for us. We ask that you would start praying with this mission and asking God to help us strengthen our primary aim and purpose as a parish, which ultimately is to bring people to the fullness of life in Jesus Christ.

This story was originally published in December 2016 Edition of The St. Francis Grapevine, our parish newsletter.